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'Designing Respect' in Rio

LSE's Theatrum Mundi announces the winners of its global ideas competition set in Rio de Janeiro.

Together with People’s Palace Projects and Museum of Tomorrow, Theatrum Mundi (TM) - a network of urbanists and artists based at LSE Cities - have launched the 2016 edition of the global ideas competition ‘Designing Politics’. 

Protection for good citizens or citizens with goods - Joyce Leiliane MendesSince 2014, TM has set a yearly challenge that addresses a political issue specific to a host city. This challenge tests the potential and the limits of design in addressing critical issues of urban politics and culture. Following previous competitions held in New York and London, this year’s brief focused on RESPECT in Rio de Janeiro. The theme explores whether “respect can become politicised in an era of heightened inequality, of racial and class violence, of territorial stigmatisation.”

From July to September, TM opened a call to artists, planners and activists to identify settings for disrespect in the Olympic city, and design plans for an architectural, urban, performative or organisational intervention that enables respect. 62 exciting submissions were received and can be viewed via the online gallery: Designing Politics: Designing Respect

Women's Support Home - Tauane Luzes Abreu, Raissa de Castro Barros MalveiraCommenting on the latest project, Adam Kaasa, Director of Theatrum Mundi, said: "Respect may be a renewable resource, but it is profoundly political. The 62 propositions from Rio on Designing Respect demonstrate key struggles in the 21st Century city: racial segregation, class violence, gendered space, unequal mobility, profound neoliberal urban restructuring, territorial stigmatisation, and the question of who counts as history." 

11 winning projects were chosen by peer vote and will be highlighted in the RESPECT exhibition at the Museum of Tomorrow/Museu do Amanhã, open from 4th October – 23rd October 2016.

The 11 winning projects are:

Our place - Weyni RodriguesCurator of the Museum of Tomorrow Luiz Alberto Oliveira added: "Two ethical pillars support the museum: sustainability and coexistence. The strengthening of respect for others is related to both, and harmonious coexistence is the condition for present and future generations to have a diverse city. May this exhibition inspire more inclusive practices. Not only in Rio, but also in every city in the world.”

All 62 submissions were championed by the official jury as collectively helping to redefine and to politicise the concept of respect towards social and spatial justice in the city. The public can seek out and explore all of the ideas raised in this challenge through the Designing Politics website.


The expert jury included Gringo Cardia, Pedro Rivera, Washington Fajardo, Marcus Faustini, Eliana Souza, Jailson de Souza e Silva, Luiz Alberto Oliveira, Marcelo Dughettu, Jane Hall, Martin Dowle, Olga Esteves Camper, Ana Claudia Souza, Paul Heritage and Adam Kaasa.

For more details, visit www.designingpolitics.org/designing-respect 

The images featured in this article are from the following projects:

Protection for good citizens or citizens with goods- Joyce Leiliane Mendes
Women's Support Home- Tauane Luzes Abreu, Raissa de Castro Barros Malveira
Our place- Weyni Rodrigues

4 October 2016